Monday, April 8, 2013

Burns Lake Band office protestors removed from blockade

Reports out of Burns Lake on Sunday, provided the details that protesting Band members who had occupied the Band offices  in a simmering dispute with Band leadership, had been removed by the RCMP on Sunday afternoon.

The police operation involved officers from detachments from across the region, with the RCMP sealing off the Band Council offices with a perimeter marked by police tape.

The situation was resolved by 2:30 in the afternoon, as the remaining protestors who were occupying the building agreed to leave.

CFNR-- Burns Lake Band Office protest ends without incident
CFTK TV-- Burns Lake Protestors Evicted (video)
Lakes District News-- RCMP lock down Burns Lake Band offices
Opinion 250-- Riot Police Evict Burns Lake Band Protestors
Vancouver Media Co-op-- Burns Lake Band members evicted from their blockade...

The protest which had been an ongoing issue in the community since late March, began when some members of the band accused Chief Councillor Albert Gerow with failing to consult members before signing deals with large companies in the region.

The Group which called itself the Burns Lake Elders Collective Committee had nailed boards across the doors of the band office on March 25th.

Some background to the protest can be found below.

CFTK-- Protestors Shut Down Burns Lake Band Office
CFTK-- Burns Lake Band Blockade (video)
CFTK-- Burns Lake Band Blockade start (video)
Vancouver Province-- Protestors barricade Burns Lake band office, accuse Chief of failing to consult

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